The Best Spots for Dog Friendly Holidays
When the word ‘holiday’ is used, most people think of jetting off around the world, whether it’s soaking in the sun or taking in the sights of a fascinating, foreign land. The more modest among us might keep our sights closer to home, opting instead for more of a ‘staycation’, especially if there’s a dog in the family that needs to be including in all the fun.
While it’s true that you can check your four-legged friend into a dog hotel while you go to a different country, there are a variety of wonderful dog friendly holidays closer to home that you can thoroughly enjoy as well as bring your pup along for the good times.
Complete Holiday Homes takes a look at some of the superb spots that you can enjoy around the country with a leash in hand and doggie treats in your pocket.
The Peak District National Park
The Peak District is a renowned Area of Natural Beauty and one that certainly earns the moniker, what with its abundance of spectacular walking & hiking paths, as well as an array of stunning locations that you and your tail-wagging buddy can visit, such as the Chatsworth House and the Mermaid’s Pool. The area is also home to a litany of dog-friendly pubs, which serve as a warm & welcoming haven before, during or after a pleasant walk.
Other than these enchanting features, the Peak District is also home to a wide selection of cosy holiday homes, ranging from humble log cabins to charming spots with hot tubs. Getting back to nature doesn’t have to leave luxury at the door, and enjoying these getaways can create a brilliant trip for both you and your dog.
One of the most popular UK based holiday locations, Cornwall is an alluring spot for families even without pets. Over a hundred beaches offer plenty of people a wealth of relaxing areas for beach-based fun, with only seven not allowing dogs throughout the year, and 200 acres of the Lost Garden of Heligans serve as sand-free areas for exploration.
Better yet, many argue that Cornwall often enjoys a sub-tropical climate, so the weather is frequently comfortable to pleasant. Combine this with plenty of different, charming steam trains and you can see and experience the many delightful areas of Cornwall with your dog happily accompanying you.
Another classic example of taking in the beautiful sights of the UK, walking around Anglesey is renowned for its many beautiful coastal trails. Over 125 miles of coastal trails can find you walking through woodlands, across delightful beaches and even looking over stunning cliff tops. Naturally, many of these spots are more than happy to see a furry friend joining you.
What’s more interesting about Anglesey is also the abundance of quaint fishing villages. Take in the sights and scents of the seam as well as the tastes by visiting some of the many wonderful restaurants of chippys. Who says that both you and your dog can’t enjoy the odd fish bite?
Brecon Beacons National Park
Another enchanting Area of Natural Beauty, Brecon Beacons National Park has an abundance of breathtaking sights to take in with your dog by your side. One of the finest spots to visit, especially with a family, is a superb spot for those who love camping or caravaning; the Dan-yr-Ogof Caravan and Camping Park.
As perfect as camping with a pooch is, this stunning location invites guests to engage in even more excellent activities. Explore mountain caves, complete with stalactites & stalagmites, trek through the many awe-inspiring areas and even visit the nearby petting zoo; Pen-y-cae has a lot to offer families and four-legged friends alike.
Whitesands Beach in Pembrokeshire is the perfect compromise for those seeking a surfing holidays and those looking to spend some quality time with their dog. A wonderful spot to camp, whether it’s caravaning or in a tent, Whitesands Beach is considered one of the finest spots in Wales for surfing, bodyboarding and windsurfing. It’s also a stunning spot for walks, which is where your furry friends come into the trip.
Dogs are restricted between the beginning of May and the end of September, but if you want to relax on the hill of Carn llidi, take in the sights of St Davids Head and explore the area with your pup, then you can do so with a lot less of the crowds. There’s plenty of other things to do with your family in the local area including, but not limited to, pubs and cafes that let you enjoy a drink with your four-legged friend.